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DALLAS (CBS11) – A man whose heart stopped beating at the very hospital where he volunteers, is back in his role and giving thanks to those who saved his life.

Twice a week for the last seven years, hospital volunteer Norbert Schulz, walked the halls at Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital comforting heart patients and their anxious families.

This Thanksgiving, he’s counting his blessings.

He had just started his day at the hospital on Thursday, September 8, but things didn’t feel right.

“I was lightheaded,” said Schulz. “I knew to back up against this wall and get my head down.”

From behind her desk, registered nurse Tonja Solomon watched her friend sink to the ground.

“His eyes rolled back, we knew, and I said, ‘Get me a crash cart!’” exclaimed Solomon.

Schultz said he doesn’t remember any of it.

Dr. Robert Stoler said he recalls every critical second.

Dr. Stoler said Schultz had a heart attack and had to be shocked back to life.

“He did drop dead,” explained Dr. Stoler. “Technically speaking, he was temporarily dead.”

Schultz was rushed to the emergency department. Surgeons installed a stent to clear a blocked artery. Schultz also had a defibrillator implant installed in a separate operation.

Schultz said he plans to spend Thanksgiving with his family and hopefully squeeze in a little time volunteering, too.

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